Answered By: Bethany Marston, Learning Services Coordinator
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2019     Views: 78

Growth Mindset

What does it mean to have a growth mindset?

When someone has a growth mindset they believe that they can continue to learn and become more intelligent with effort.  In contrast, someone who has a fixed mindset believes that they are born with a certain amount of talent and intelligence and that cannot be improved no matter how much effort they put forth.

Why is having a growth mindset important as a student and professional?

Having a growth mindset is something that employers are always looking for.  If you believe that you can learn and become more skilled and intelligent you will be a harder worker and you will excel in whatever you do.  As a student, you will be open to learning new things and new information will come easily to you. 

What are the biggest differences between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?

One of the biggest differences between these two mindsets is how one handles mistakes and criticism.  Someone with a growth mindset sees mistakes as a learning opportunity and openly accepts criticism because they believe it will help them grow. Someone with a fixed mindset often gives up and takes criticism personally.

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